Classical Studies Major (M)
Classical Studies major can be taken either as a stand alone major or as part of the Classical Education Program.
The Classical Studies major is designed to give students a thorough grounding in Classical culture and the Christian intellectual tradition through a broad engagement with the Liberal Arts. All students are required to complete a distribution of courses in the Humanities and Arts disciplines that make up the traditional education of a “free” citizen, as defined in the Classical world.
Classical Education at Concordia embraces a traditional engagement with the Liberal Arts anchored in Christian thought and tailored to the modern world. Classical Education emphasizes not only the holistic development of students—mind, body, spirit—but also the development of content knowledge in the various areas of the Liberal Arts, including language arts, history, philosophy, theology, the fine arts, mathematics and science. Students are encouraged to see the interconnections between these discrete disciplines and to pursue not simply an accumulation of knowledge, but to embark upon a life-long pursuit of Truth. With this solid foundation students are prepared to follow vocations as teachers, in their turn helping develop young people to their fullest potential.
In accordance with the overall mission of the university, the program in Classical Education will enable students to:
- Articulate an understanding of the philosophy of Classical Lutheran education,
- Demonstrate the ability to distinguish between various educational philosophies and to assess them in light of Lutheran theology;
- Develop familiarity and facility with the methods distinctive of classical Lutheran education, including content-driven pedagogy and the Socratic method/shared inquiry model;
- Engage with classical education curricula, textbooks, standards, rubrics, and classroom management;
- Demonstrate competency in the principles and methods of Lutheran catechesis, including a knowledge of foundational Lutheran educational documents and a command of Luther’s Small Catechism;
- Manifest proficiency in at least one of the classical languages (i.e., Latin or Greek);
- Develop pedagogical competency through practical experience in a classical education setting, by means of field work and/or internship.
|Core Requirements 1||45|
|Required Core Courses|
|LAT 3 credits 1|
|Old Testament (Common Core Experience)|
|Biblical Theology (Common Core Experience)|
|A Survey of Christian Thought (Faith & Life)|
|Lutheran Confessions *|
For non Lutheran Students, this course is strongly recommended, however, any 300 or 400 level course is allowed.
For Latin proficiency requirement please speak with your advisor.